A proposed unit of luminous flux for the Y stimulus in the trichromatic color system.
Each new weighting function leads to a new concept and a new unit. But strangely enough, the units of the colorimetric case have never been named. For the luminous flux obtained when w(λ) = and when radiant power is expressed in watts, we suggest the name young (Thomas Young, 1773-1829). For the corresponding unit associated with we suggest the munsell (Albert H. Munsell, 1858-1918); and for the unit associated with , we suggest the ostwald (Wilhelm Ostwald, 1853-1932).
Parry Moon and Domina Eberle Spencer.
Analytical Representation of Trichromatic Data.
Journal of the Optical Society of America. vol 35, no. 6, pages 399-427 (1945).
The English physicist Thomas Young predicted the existence of red, green and blue receptors in the human retina. He is remembered more often for the two-slit experiment that established the wave nature of light.
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